Friday, August 05, 2022

Mae West: A Dutch Uncle

MAE WEST was a soft touch for a hard luck story. Mae rarely discussed her generosity in an interview, however, which makes this seldom seen piece in Screenland worth reading. This is Part 15 of 18 segments.
• • Mae West’s Secret Self • •
• • Mae West: A “Dutch uncle” • •
• • Aileen St. John Brenon wrote: Miss West was the hit of the town. Everyone was flocking to see her — authors, painters, all the so-called literati, whose approval spells success — but she managed to find time to talk to George Raft like the Dutch uncle we hear about.
• • Note: A “Dutch uncle” is a person who criticizes or reproves with unsparing severity and frankness.
• • Aileen St. John Brenon wrote: "Have you ever been hungry?" she asked him.

• • Aileen St. John Brenon wrote: "Sure I have," George Raft said defiantly.
• • Aileen St. John Brenon wrote: "Do you remember it?"  she asked.
• • Aileen St. John Brenon wrote: "Sure!"
• • Aileen St. John Brenon wrote: "Do you want to go hungry again, George?"
• • Mae West: Raft beginning to melt • • …
• • This will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Screenland; issue dated for October 1933.   
• • On Tuesday, 5 August 1913 • •
• • On Tuesday, 5 August 1913, The New York Tribune's critic commented that even Mae's low neckline and raunchy bumps and grinds were not enough to sway the hoi polloi at Hammerstein's.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West enjoyed a long career that far outlasted any of her contemporaries, such as singer Al Jolson and comedian Ed Wynn, both men who started at the same time as she did during the heyday of vaudeville and burlesque.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Don't ever make the same mistake twice — — unless it pays."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about a death mentioned Mae West.
• • "Inventor of May West snack cake dies" • •
• • The Gazette wrote: It is generally assumed the cake was named for the bawdy U.S. actress Mae West, the star of a popular wartime movie, My Little Chickadee. But Rene Brousseau’s son, Jacques, said the dessert got its name because the cake was so puffy, it resembled a life preserver that was also nicknamed Mae West.
• • The spelling of the brand name was changed to May after the actress died in 1980, to avoid a lawsuit from The Mae West Estate. ...
• • Source: The Gazette for Canada (dot) com; published on Saturday, 4 August 2007

• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 18th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eighteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 5,000 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eighteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 5,053rd blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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Thursday, August 04, 2022

Mae West: Knew Hardships

MAE WEST was a soft touch for a hard luck story. Mae rarely discussed her generosity in an interview, however, which makes this seldom seen piece in Screenland worth reading. This is Part 14 of 18 segments.
• • Mae West’s Secret Self • •
• • Mae West: She has known hardships, too • •
• • Aileen St. John Brenon wrote: This same Mae West is a practical, sensible woman, who has seen many sides of life.  

• • Aileen St. John Brenon wrote: She knows its hardships, its uncertainties, its recompenses.
• • Aileen St. John Brenon wrote: When George Raft was having difficulties with Paramount, she called him into her dressing-room, where she was making personal appearances in conjunction with "She Done Him Wrong."  
• • Aileen St. John Brenon wrote: Raft had left Hollywood in a huff and was out of a job.
• • Mae West: A “Dutch uncle” • • …
• • This will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Screenland; issue dated for October 1933.   
• • On Monday, 4 August 1913 • •
• • On Monday, 4 August 1913 Mae West opened for Evelyn Nesbit, who gave ballroom dancing lessons to an adoring audience at Hammerstein's Victoria on 42nd Street. Overshadowed by the notorious Nesbit, Mae's good work was unappreciated that evening.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Imagine the embarrassment of a Paramount press agent the other day when he introduced Mae West to May Robson [19 April 1858 — 20 October 1942].
• • Miss Robson had heard of Miss West (and who hasn't?) but Miss West didn't know who Miss Robson was — — and said so.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Nobody ever called me high hat — and they've called me lots of things."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Australian mentioned Mae West.
• • "Glenfiddich and Glenmorangie move Orwell, Churchill, and Mae West to dram appreciation" • •
• • Tim Douglas wrote: Laphraoig, 24 years, another expensive dram for a “young’un”; but this, asserted our grain-fed guru, was no trifling post-deadline booze-up. “This, my boys, is an investment in your futures.”   
• • Tim Douglas continued: As the months progressed, there were quotes from Mae West, the authors Raymond Chandler, and George Orwell, as well as a quip from Sir Winston Churchill about water and whisky during the war.   ...
• • Note: Unfortunately, no one's quote was offered in this article. Why could Mae have said about whisky?
• • Source: The Australian; published on Saturday, 25 July 2015

• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 18th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eighteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 5,000 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eighteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 5,052nd blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Mae West: Wad of Bills

MAE WEST was a soft touch for a hard luck story. Mae rarely discussed her generosity in an interview, however, which makes this seldom seen piece in Screenland worth reading. This is Part 13 of 18 segments.
• • Mae West’s Secret Self • •
• • Mae West: Keeps a wad of dollar bills in her sock • •
• • Aileen St. John Brenon wrote: She writes her own scripts for pictures, invents bits of business, gags, wisecracks, is the author of books, but she's never too busy to lend a helping hand, to listen to a tale of woe, or to give the other fellow a lift up.  
• • Aileen St. John Brenon wrote: She's especially thoughtful of old comrades.
• • Aileen St. John Brenon wrote: To her dressing-room at the studio or the theatre comes a steady procession of those in trouble.  
• • Aileen St. John Brenon wrote: She keeps a wad of bills in her sock, and before the day is half over, the money is gone — found its way into the empty pocket of some needy comrade of a day gone by.
• • Mae West: She has known hardships, too • • …
• • This will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Screenland; issue dated for October 1933.   
• • On Monday, 3 August 1942 • •

• • The issue of Newsweek dated for Monday, 3 August 1942 included this very oddly-worded and misleading headline: "Mae West divorces after 21 years of marriage."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West had a pet monkey sent out from New York.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "I've always liked athletes because they don't smoke, don't drink, and understand the importance of keeping their bodies in top working order — — and a hard man is good to find."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An article about a theatre mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae West Sold Out Here" • •
• • Kelly Lincoln wrote: Before the NJPAC was the Paramount Theater. Opened in 1895 as a the Newark Vaudeville house, it was converted in 1917 by Newark's own architect, Thomas W. Lamb into a movie palace, with a neo-classical interior that became known as "Adam-esque." In 1932, it was renamed the Paramount. It operated as a movie house until 1 April 1986, when a 500% increase in insurance forced the 2003 seat Newark theater and the Adams theater to close. Among the stars that trod the boards here was Mae West, according to Variety.  ...
• • Source: The Examiner; published on Wednesday, 28 July 2010

• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 18th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eighteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 5,000 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eighteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 5,051st blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Mae West: Orphan Children

MAE WEST was a soft touch for a hard luck story. Mae rarely discussed her generosity in an interview, however, which makes this seldom seen piece in Screenland worth reading. This is Part 12 of 18 segments.
• • Mae West’s Secret Self • •
• • Mae West: Had a busy life • •
• • Aileen St. John Brenon wrote: Miss West greeted her guests at the circus tent, of all places, where she met them with consignments of peanuts, popcorn, and pink lemonade, and these guests comprised — hold your breath! — orphan children from the Los Angeles asylums.  
• • Aileen St. John Brenon wrote: Do you wonder the party was a huge success and that everyone, including the hostess, thought it was swell?
• • Aileen St. John Brenon wrote: Mae has led a busy life, busier than most people.  

• • Aileen St. John Brenon wrote: She has written and produced plays, as well as acted in them.  
• • Mae West: Keeps a wad of dollar bills in her sock • • …
• • This will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Screenland; issue dated for October 1933.   
• • On Wednesday, 2 August 1944 • •
• • It was Wednesday, August 2nd and the applause rang out from the Shubert Theatre [225 West 44th Street], signaling the gala Broadway debut of "Catherine Was Great," when Mae West portrayed the Empress of Russia. Produced by Mike Todd, the show starred Mae as the Empress of Love who handled her men as skillfully as she handled affairs of state.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The type of humor you think of as typical of Mae West comes from her most spontaneously when she is in the mood of her screen roles. "I have to get in the mood," she told me once when I asked her to "gag" an interview.
• • Mae West saves for her "public" life all the fire and passion that other stars burn up in their personal romances. When she's acting, jokes, and wisecracks of her own peculiar brand come spontaneously to her lips.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "She who laughs lasts.”
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A New York newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • "Catherine Was Great" starring Mae West • •
• • "Catherine Was Great" opened on Wednesday, 2 August 1944. Reviews appeared soon after.
• • The Herald Tribune wrote: "Mae West came to Broadway last night, decked out like a battleship in a swimming pool." ...
• • Source: The Herald Tribune; published on Thursday, 3 August 1944

• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 18th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eighteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 5,000 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eighteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 5,050th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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Monday, August 01, 2022

Mae West: Joy Unrefined

MAE WEST was a soft touch for a hard luck story. Mae rarely discussed her generosity in an interview, however, which makes this seldom seen piece in Screenland worth reading. This is Part 11 of 18 segments.
• • Mae West’s Secret Self • •
• • Mae West: Joy Was Unrefined • •

• • Aileen St. John Brenon wrote: They certainly did. There was no stopping that gathering once it got under way, and the guests ate too much and drank too much and joy was unrefined.
• • Aileen St. John Brenon wrote: Did Hollywood stare! The guests — there were two hundred of them — came to the party by the busload. The hostess didn't even know their names!  
• • Aileen St. John Brenon wrote: Yes, Mae West, who has captured London, Paris, Park Avenue, Main Street, and the Bronx by her free and easy ways, who exhibits sex without moonlight, flowers, or sweet whispers, who scorns Betsy Ross because all she could make was a flag, is big-hearted when she gives a party, and her invitation was carte blanche.
• • Mae West: Had a busy life • • …
• • This will be continued on the next post.
• • Source: Screenland; issue dated for October 1933.   
• • On Sunday, 1 August 1937 • •
• • "Mae West's Romance Told by Husband" • •
• • Frank Wallace, the man Mae West wed in April 1911 but ditched soon after, seemed to have the best memory in the world. Or so he convinced the Los Angeles reporter who sat down with him for this lengthy interview published in Singapore on Sunday, 1 August 1937.
• • Reading the page 1 article, "Mae West's Romance Told by Husband," you would think Mae has the same determined let's-march-down-the-aisle outlook on relationships that rings true for the Harlequin romance audience. Ummm, well, that's Frank's silly story anyway.
• • The Straits Times wrote: "Mae West and I were playing in New York when the intoxicating truth dawned on me that Mae loved me," recalled Frank Wallace.  ... "Mae," he added, "seemed restless and suddenly she blurted out, 'Honey, my lungs need ventilation. Let's walk to the park.' 'Okay, sweetie, I replied. 'Let's go.' Hand in hand we walked through the streets of Milwaukee ... Then like a bolt out of the sky, she spoke in that throaty voice of hers.  'Where's it all taking us, Frank?' ... 'How much longer can we go on this way?' ...."
• • Source: The Straits Times (Singapore); published on Sunday, 1 August 1937.
• • On Sunday, 1 August 1971 • •
• • Mae West was featured in Parade Magazine (issue dated for Sunday, 1 August 1971).    
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Film critics are predicting that you will see another new and sensational star — none other than Mae West, the "Diamond Lil" of Broadway.  
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Good sex is like good bridge. If you don't have a good partner, you'd better have a good hand."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A newspaper mentioned Mae West.
• • "Mae West Takes to Flying" • •
• • A member of the British Coastal Command, who painted a curvaceous image of Mae West in costume on his parachute equipment, nicknamed "the Mae West," was featured.  Yes, he admitted he was a big fan of the screen siren. …
• • Source: Auckland Star, Volume LXXII, Issue 180; published on Friday, 1 August 1941

• • The evolution of 2 Mae West plays that keep her memory alive • •
• • A discussion with Mae West playwright LindaAnn LoSchiavo — —
• • http://lideamagazine.com/renaissance-woman-new-york-city-interview-lindaann-loschiavo/

• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 18th anniversary • • 
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eighteen years. Not long ago, we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 5,000 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started eighteen years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 5,049th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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